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Shopping in Honolulu
 
 
 

General

Authentic souvenirs in Honolulu include Kona coffee, macadamia nuts and candy. The quality of macadamia products varies greatly, and the few extra cents spent on the Mauna Loa or MacFarms brands will get you chocolates that don't taste like wax. Fresh pineapple is also fair proof of your visit, but many other fruits (limes, mangoes, papayas) can't be taken out of state, so eat your fill while you're there.

Kitchen items and decorative objects crafted of Hawaiian woods such as monkeypod and the endangered koa (only naturally fallen or diseased trees can be harvested) make good gifts, as do unusual jewellery creations. Don't overlook music shops, art galleries and bookstores.

You may find that shops in Waikiki are a little more expensive than those at more outlying shopping centres such as Ala Moana Shopping Center, Kahala Mall and Ward Warehouse, but there are good deals to be had even in Waikiki if you look for them. Hotel-shop prices will inevitably be higher than those of most other places. For some real bargains and all the shopping you can handle, head out to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, held on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Shopping hours are generally, Monday-Saturday 9 am-9 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm.

Places to Shop

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet (99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard; open every Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday) is Hawaii's largest swap meet. Bring your hat, sunscreen, and bottled water and plan at least 1/2 day. The swap meet is like a giant outdoor flea market, surrounding Aloha Stadium, and features merchants offering local food items, clothing and Hawaiian souvenirs. You are unlikely to find Hawaiian souvenirs for less money anywhere else. The prices are reasonable, haggling allowed, unique items from local artists and merchants abound. Most places are cash only, but there are a few standalone ATMs on the outskirts of the swap meet. Admission $1 per buyer, under 12 free.

Manoa Marketplace located between East Manoa Road and Woodlawn Drive at the 2800 block has about 20 shops including a Safeway grocery store, Long's drugstore, McDonald's restaurant, a bank and Post Office.

Ala Moana Center is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii and the largest open-air shopping mall in the world. Has about 250 stores on four levels, a food court with many different cuisines, and everything from the practical (groceries and medicine) to high-fashion (Chanel, Prada, etc). For alternative clothing and style check out Hot Topic clothing and accessory shop, you can find almost anything that you might be looking for. The mall's anchor stores are Shirokiya, Sears, Macy's, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

Victoria Ward Centers, located between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, is a four-block destination of 120 stores ranging from The Sports Authority and Borders to small one-of-a-kind boutiques, 23 restaurants, a farmers market and 16-screen megaplex and entertainment centre. Encompasses Ward Centre, Ward Warehouse, Ward Entertainment Center, Ward Farmers Market, Ward Village Shops and Ward Gateway Center.

Kahala Mall, just off H-1 in the Kahala district, this regional mall is known for its more upscale shops. It is anchored by Macy's, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, and an 8-plex movie theatre. In East Honolulu, Koko Marina Shopping Center is one of the main shopping centres, with smaller shops and restaurants and a 10-plex movie theatre.

 

 
 

 



 


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